George J. and Helen M. England Professor of Law Ángel Oquendo was inaugurated as a member of the Puerto Rican Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation during a ceremony on February 6, 2014. The Academy is a publicly funded honorary body, which invites people to join its ranks based on their work in the law, and which officially promotes legal research and practice. Founded in 1985, the Academy consists of about fifteen members. Most of them work in Puerto Rico, though a few have their professional base elsewhere, such as the United States.
Oquendo is an authority worldwide on comparative law and international litigation, and lectures in five languages: English, Spanish, German, French, and Portuguese. He has authored the leading textbook on Latin American Law, used in law schools throughout the country and currently in its second edition with Foundation Press. His numerous scholarly works also include “Upping the Ante: Collective Litigation in Latin America” and “Deliberative Democracy in Habermas and Nino,” which appeared, respectively, in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and in the Oxford Journal Legal Studies.